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The Swansong of Steam
The Swansong of Steam

The Swansong of Steam 1970

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The Swansong of Steam 1970

17 mins Northern Ireland Director. A.H Martin

This is the final year that steam trains were used on Northern Ireland Railways, ending the official use of steam in Ireland. Railway enthusiast A.H. Martin invites you to enjoy a close look at the Lough Erne on duty. Before the last public steam train left the tracks the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland rail tours began. Cross the border and the 30m high Boyne Viaduct on one such trip. Admire the 49 steam locomotive as enthusiasts help it take a twirl on the turntable.

Named after the County Fermanagh Lough, initially this engine performed shunting duties in the Grosvenor St goods yard and Belfast quays. She spent the remaining days of steam continuing these shunting duties in York Street until 1969. Her boiler finally expired at Whitehead in 1972, where she awaits extensive restoration. The Lough Erne’s fate hangs in the balance as she is too big to justify the huge cost of restoration and too small to earn her keep running rail tours. Hope remains that one day cosmetic renovation can enable the Lough Erne to take her place in a future museum at Whitehead. The Boyne Viaduct was an important part of the British plans during World War II to deal with a German invasion of Ireland.

Directed by

A.H Martin

Genres

Amateur film

Tags

Public transport Railway journeys Steam cranes Refuelling Railway workers Steam trains Trains Elevated railways 1970s

Collection

Train to the Future

Released

1970

Country

Northern Ireland

Language

English

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